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Britain Charges 5 in Kidnapping-Beheading Terror Plot


British police have charged five men in an alleged terrorist plot to kidnap and behead a Muslim British soldier.

Prosecutors said Friday one suspect is charged with intention to kidnap and kill a member of the armed forces. The other four suspects also face terrorism charges, including helping to equip and fund the alleged kidnapping plot.

Police arrested a total of nine men last week in Birmingham in what British media have described as a plan to kidnap a British Muslim soldier who had served in Afghanistan, torture and behead him, then post a video of the gruesome events on the Internet.

Iraqi militants have used the same tactic.

Three of the nine suspects have been released, and one other remains in custody and has not been charged.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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